One of the country’s great conservative thinkers passed away on Tuesday. I never met Peter Lawler, but I occasionally read his work. He once referred to me as a “routinely excellent conservative blogger.” While some might question my conservative credentials (or my liberal ones for that matter), I appreciated the “routinely excellent” part of his … Continue reading Peter Lawler, RIP
This past Thursday I did a post on Peter Lawler’s “Rightly Understood” piece on how Walmart is making us stupid. Paul M., a regular and valued reader of this blog, and a libertarian, wrote a very thorough and intellectually stimulating response to Lawler’s column. You can read it here. Well, Lawler has taken notice. He … Continue reading Peter Lawler Responds to Paul M. on Walmart
Here is Peter Lawler’s take on Glenn Beck. From Postmodern Conservative: Someone has asked why I haven’t made GLENN BECK a strange and stupid conservative trend. Well, for one thing, Glenn is strange but not stupid. (Sarah Palin is not even particularly strange and not stupid–although still fairly ignorant and inexperienced [and remarkably savvy].) Do … Continue reading Peter Lawler on Glenn Beck
Or so argues Peter Lawler at The National Review. Here is a taste: My depressing takeaway is to ask you to think about what the Republican convention will be like now. Certainly not a deliberative body charting the future of the party of Lincoln and Reagan. It will be a Trump rally, and most of the nation will … Continue reading The Republican Party is Now a Trump Rally
I don’t watch enough television to declare myself a fan of the CBS comedy “Bing Bang Theory,” but every time I watch an episode I am entertained. I have thus been enjoying the analysis of the show over at Postmodern Conservative. Here is a taste of Peter Lawler’s contribution to “Big Bang Studies”: Those who … Continue reading Postmodern Conservatives Analyze "Big Bang Theory"
Peter Lawler, Professor of Government at Berry College, has some thoughts on this issue at Big Think. He is reacting to a recent piece in Inside Higher Ed entitled “Disappearing Liberal Arts Colleges.” Lawler writes: The article correctly concludes that those in charge of the so-called and the real liberal arts colleges ought to think harder … Continue reading How to Advertise a Liberal Arts College
A few things online that caught my attention this week: Twitterstorians Gerald J. Russello reviews Michael C. Toth’s The Founding Federalist: The Life of Oliver Ellsworth. What is your political typology? A historian working in a Christian “bookstore,” part 2. The American Historical Review is moving to Oxford University Press. The University of Chicago football … Continue reading Sunday Night Odds and Ends
A few things online that caught my attention this week: Are you obsessed with your kids’ happiness? Peter Lawler on our love of Locke and Darwin. Michael Burlingame reviews Amanda Foreman’s A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War. Stanley Fish on GeoHumanities. Andrew DeBlanco reviews David S. Reynolds, Mightier Than … Continue reading Sunday Night Odds and Ends
Here are the most popular posts this week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home. 1. A Little History Humor (May 2011).2. The U.S Constitution and the “Year of our Lord” (May 2011).3. Does Walmart Make Small-Town America Stupider?(May 2011).4. The Worst of Tea-Party Revisionism (June 2011).5. Peter Lawler Responds to Paul M. on Walmart … Continue reading Most Popular Posts of the Week
Peter Lawler, in his Big Think column called “Rightly Understood,” asks if Walmart is really “change we should believe in?” Here are his conclusions: 1. It is good news that Walmart “has become a catalyst for change on the environmental front.” 2. He asks if human beings live better lives as “social beings” after Walmart … Continue reading Does Walmart Make Small-Town America Stupider?
Peter Lawler has a very thoughtful and provocative piece about Alexis de Tocqueville’s argument that the true aristocrats in antebellum America were southern slaveholders and Indians. Here is a taste: The last chapter of volume 1 of Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville is about the then-present and probable future of the three races … Continue reading American Aristocrats: Indians and Southerners
If you are a conservative, are you a Tea Party conservative or a Front Porch conservative? Peter Lawler explains the difference: The Tea Partiers are especially attached to the forms and formalities of the Constitution, and they hold that democracy is limited by the liberty given to people by God. They’re also, like the Porchers, … Continue reading What’s the Difference Between a Front Porch Conservative and a Tea Party Conservative
A few things online that caught my attention this past week: Good bibliography on history education Nathan Schneider on the “memory theater” that the bookshelf provides. Peter Lawler defends the Puritans. Michael Kazin: Obama needs stronger unions. A very brief history of the beard. Michael Sean Winters on Archbishop Timothy Dolan. National Humanities Advocacy Day. … Continue reading Sunday Night Odds and Ends
Over at The Family in America: A Journal of Public Policy, Berry College political philosopher Peter Lawler reviews Matthew Spalding’s We Still Hold These Truth: Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future. It is a long review. It is a great review. While Spalding notes that the American founding was influenced by a combination of Lockean … Continue reading What the Founders Didn’t Teach Us
A few things online that caught my attention this week: Naming the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University after Roy Rosenzweig. How to fact-check an Internet quote. Some writing tips. And a few more. Stan Katz critiques the MacArthur Foundation “genius” award. Andrew Cayton reviews Ron Chernow’s Washington: A Life. Andrew … Continue reading Sunday Night Odds and Ends
A few things on-line that caught my eye this week: Eduardo Porter wonders about progress. Whose father was he? Part one. Part Two. Part Three. Sports and spirituality at Neumann College. Audio Lecture: Charles Mathewes, “American Faith: Going Strong, Going Down, or Going to the Mall?” Diogenes on our current crisis. HNN Open Forum on … Continue reading Sunday Night Odds and Ends